A new sentence for the Akron Priest who founded the Interval Brotherhood Home.
U.S. District Court Judge James Gwin re-sentenced Father Sam Ciccolini to six months in prison and fined him $834,000 on banking and fraud charges today (Friday) in Cleveland.
Ciccolini must also be under supervision for two years after he's released from prison.
The six month prison stay replaces an original sentence of one day in jail handed down by Judge Gwin originally.
Gwin had also initially ordered Ciccolini to pay $3.5 million in restitution, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled the judge didn't have that authority. That ruling made today's re-sentencing neccessary .
Father Sam had already repaid 1.2 million dollars to the IBH foundation to replace the money he had taken from the foundation.
Judge Gwin has ordered Ciccolini to begin serving his prison sentence on October 30th.
Interval Brotherhood Home Executive Director Don Finn says IBH continues to fulfill its main mission of helping those addicted to alcohol and drugs to recover and rebuild their lives. He says today's sentencing won't change that mission.
Finn tells AkronNewsNow "As our position has been since this unfortunate episode was uncovered the entire IBH family continues to pray for a positive resolution to this difficult matter, including our acceptance of the judge's decision, and our growth from the court's decision."
Finn says Ciccolini has retired and has been separated from the operation of Interval Brotherhood Home for well over a year. He IBH always has been about more than one person.
"Our critical mission is to offer a person afflicted with alcohol and drug addiction the opportunity to restore hope and gains skills for a lifetime of sobriety. 56 women and men are working hard on their recovery at IBH. These struggling people occupy our primary attention today, and for their long term recovery," says Don Finn.